Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Homeland Security Master of Arts Program

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Naval Postgraduate School - Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Homeland Security Master of Arts Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is partnering with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) to offer a Master’s Degree Program for local, state, tribal and federal government officials (civilian and military) with responsibilities in homeland security.

The purpose of the program is:

  • Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent, protect from, respond to and recover from terrorist and other catastrophic events within the United States

  • Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security including local/tribal/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation

  • Help leaders improve homeland security preparedness by conducting “real world” actionable policy and strategy development

Recognizing the time constraints and particular needs of today’s participants and their agencies, the program is structured as follows:

  • Each quarter requires just two weeks in-residence at the NPS campus, located in Monterey, California or the NCR campus located at OPM's Eastern Management Development Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

  • Total in-residence requirement for the 18-month program is 12 weeks; remainder of the coursework is completed via network-based learning

  • Program requires 18 months of continuous enrollment and coursework and a thesis in order to graduate

  • Thesis is a qualitative or quantitative research project on a topic beneficial to the participant’s sponsoring agency/jurisdiction

The Master’s Degree Program provides participants with an enhanced understanding of how to effectively manage homeland security threats and challenges, including asymmetric threats and terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, planning & budget strategies, communication and collaboration across jurisdictions and agencies.

Courses include:

  • The Unconventional Threat in Homeland Security

  • Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges

  • Comparative Government in Homeland Security

  • Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability and Analysis

  • Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism

The degree is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is awarded by the Naval Postgraduate School.

Online application information is available at Application deadlines are May 1 and December 1 annually. Visit the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s website at to learn more.
For more information:
Contact: Heather Issvoran

Director, Strategic Communications

Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Updated: 08/25/2011

Please note: Some of the Web sites linked to in this document are not federal government Web sites, and may not necessarily operate under the same laws, regulations, and policies as federal Web sites.”
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